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Entry Points into Culture

June 7, 2023

Here is the link to my presentation: Entry Points into Culture I hope it fills a need and you find it helpful! If you have any questions, please contact me directly at: [email protected] Thank you! Mach’s gut!

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Polyglots & Language – What’s the Secret?

June 1, 2023

Since I was young, I was always fascinated by people that could fluently speak multiple languages. I constantly asked myself, “How can they do that?” Then I thought, “That person must be super smart! I wish I were that smart.”…

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Now available in Spanish!

“El documento” – Level 1 Spanish Reader

May 30, 2023

I am excited to share that my latest reader is now out in Spanish! (Note: There are excerpts from the Spanish version of book at the end of the post.) I previously published a German reader, entitled “Das Dokument”, and…

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Language, Brain Formation and More!

May 27, 2023

I recently came across a couple of articles that deal with language and the brain. I found them quite interesting and thought I would share. They deal with how our L1 (first language / mother tongue) influences our brain, its…

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“Das Dokument” – Level 1 Reader

May 5, 2023

I wanted to share the news. My latest reader Das Dokument has been published! (Note: There are excerpts from the book at the end of the post.) I’m excited to get this in the hands of German language learners. It…

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Comprehensible Iowa 2023 #CIIA23

April 30, 2023

I wanted to let you know that Comprehensible Iowa #CIIA23 is fast approaching. It is Friday, June 9th – Saturday, June10th in Gilbert, IA. (Just north of Ames, IA) This conference is excellent opportunity for world language educators. The presenters,…

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What’s so important about reading anyway?

April 7, 2023

Note: There is a link to resources below. If there were only one thing that we could do with our students in the classroom, what should it be? Reading. Reading is unquestionably one of the most important things – if…

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Writing in the target language – What’s the big deal?

March 21, 2023

Note: There are links to resources below. As world language educators, we are tasked with not only making the target language accessible and comprehensible to our students, but also getting our students to engage in presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal modes…

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Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel? Which Austrian dessert reigns supreme?

January 3, 2023

Created in 1832 by 16-year-old apprentice chef Franz Sacher at the court of Prince Metternich, Sachertorte is considered by many to be the reigning king of Austrian desserts. However, many believe this king should be usurped by the noble Apfelstrudel. You…

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Game of Quotes: A Free-Reading Game

December 8, 2022

Sometimes you come across an activity that you just have to share; it is too good not to! And Game of Quotes: A Free-Reading Game is one such activity. This activity was shared with me by my colleague, Cathleen Weigelt-Ferguson.…

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